Tenille Gaines

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Tenille R. Gaines, PhD, LP

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Tenille is from Beaufort, South Carolina by way of Philadelphia, PA. She grew up in a military family and is a first-generation college graduate. Tenille began working with CAPS in fall 2013 as a doctoral intern and accepted a full-time position in 2016. Tenille is the associate director of CAPS and director of counseling. She holds memberships in the Michigan Psychological Association, the Association for Black Psychologists, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and reading a good book.


  • Winston-Salem State University, B.A., Psychology
  • Georgia Southern University, M.S., Clinical Psychology
  • Auburn University, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology

Professional Interests include:

  • Racial and ethnic identity development
  • African-American women’s issues
  • First-generation college students
  • Spiritual and existential concerns
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem improvement
  • Interpersonal concerns
  • Multiculturalism

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